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Ideological States

Ideological states

The March 23 celebrations included the usual exhortations that Pakistan is  an ideological state. Ideologies represent unique sets of guiding ideas adopted by countries for the main life domains: economic,…

From ideological to functional state

Soon after terrorists attacked a Pakistan Air Force base in Mianwali, Pakistan lost four soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, in a firefight with terrorists in the Tirah Valley. The Pakistan…

Overstating the state

THE Friday past, the Hagia Sophia was opened to prayers after over 80 years, much to the consternation of many around the world. The decision to change the world-famous heritage…

Lanka’s existential moment

I HAPPENED to be in Colombo the day figurines of Lord Ganesha guzzled milk across the world, a spectacle that Hindu rationalists likened to a mass hysteria and believers saw…

Minorities at risk

AS a country, we bask in the praise of foreigners, but when they are critical — as they often are — we bristle with indignation and go into our usual…

Paint it saffron?

Last month, India held state elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Mizoram and Rajasthan, and the results show that the BJP still enjoys majority in most parts of the country.…

Existential threat

As the country gears up for the general elections in February, formidable internal and external challenges await the new government to be voted into power. Internally, besides the restoration of…

Democratic alternative

When Joe Biden won the presidential election in the United States three years ago, there were some hopes within the pro-Palestinian movement that there would be a positive change in…

India’s Potemkin reality

ndia hosted the G20 summit from September 9 to 10 in Delhi. But it was amusing to see the steps it took to make the city more appealing, skilfully hiding…

Cremation of tolerant India—I

For a very long time, India has mischievously hoodwinked the world regarding its perception. To the global audience, since 1947, when Pakistan was carved out as a ‘Muslim State’, India…